Gluten-Free News: September 2013


Rochester News & Events

Gluten-Free Family Picnic: The Greater Rochester Celiac Support Group will host their annual Family Picnic on September 17 from 6-8 at St. Anne’s Church and I am in charge of organizing it!  This is a pot-luck, so if you are interested in attending, please bring a gluten-free dish along with the recipe to share with others.  You can RSVP to me at  

Victor native, Lori Boone, RD. has written a book called, “Powerful Plant-Based Superfoods.”  This guide to superfoods such as, cacao, greens, and berries, includes recipes that showcase these ingredients and are all naturally vegan and gluten-free. You can buy the book on

On Monday, September 16 the 10th annual Foodlink Festival of Food will take place in the Rochester Public Market from 6-9 pm.  I attended this last year and had a great time.  Although most food vendors can’t guarantee that items are safe from cross-contact, there are gluten-free goodies to try and a lot of wine and cider to taste.  Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.  All proceeds go to Foodlink.

The 15th annual International Celiac Disease Symposium is taking place September 22-25 in Chicago, IL.  The conference will include scientific and clinical forums as well as social activities.  Anyone can attend the clinical program events but the scientific forum is reserved for researches and those actively investigating celiac disease and gluten-sensitivity.  

Gluten-Free in the News

“US Open 2013: It can be a dog’s life on Novak Djokovic’s gluten-free diet.” The Independent.  8/28/2013.

“Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Reiterates Position on Gluten-Free Claims.” The National Law Review.  8/26/2013.

“Less Gluten, More Choice.” The Chicago Tribute. 8/25/2013.,0,3012234.story

“UK: Aldi Trials Gluten-Free Line.” Just Food. 8/15/2013.

“Camp Gluten Free, where the kids don’t have to ask what’s on the menu.” Los Angeles Times. 8/9/2013.,0,4373599.story

“Do We Really Need a Gluten-Free Dating Site?” The Huffington Post. 8/7/2013. 

 “How Kathleen King Built Her Chocolate Chip Empire.” The New York Times.  8/2/2013.

Gluten-Free News: April 2013


Rochester News

A new natural foods co-op, Fresh Roots, will open this Spring in Ontario.  The co-op will feature gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, organic, local, and non-GMO products.  There will be a kitchen available for gluten-free get-togethers.  Both members and the public will be able to shop their, but members will have additional benefits.  Membership costs a one-time fee of $250.  Keep up with them on Facebook at

Rochester Events

Rosario Pino’s is hosting a gluten-free tasting night on April 25 at their East Rochester store.  More information here.

Wegmans at 2157 Penfield Road is hosting a Gluten-Free Health Fair on April 13 from 11 am – 2 pm.

Rochester Celiac Support Group April Meeting on April 16 at 7 pm: How to Develop a Gluten-Free Recipe with Brittany Angell.  More information here.

Gluten-Free in the News

Facing Legal Pressure, More Colleges Provide Gluten-free Food Options.” 3/29/2013

Gluten-Free Grocery Store Enforces $5 Cover Charge For People Who Are ‘Just Looking’” 3/27/2013

One Grain More’ viral video — by gluten-free composer identifying with ‘Les Miserables’” 3/28/2013

Expert’s Picks: 7 Gluten-Free Beers” 3/14/2013 Washingtonian

Utah company seeks funds for gluten-free culinary institute” 3/14/2013 The Salt Lake Tribune


Gluten Free News: October 2012


Rochester News

Bazil Now Serves Gluten Free Pizza – from their email: In honor of National Pizza Month, Chef Griffin has added another option for our Gluten Free guests; fresh baked pizza!  And keep an eye out for our new expanded Gluten Free menu rolling out soon!

Donna Marie’s at Strong Memorial Hospital -All of Finger Lake Roasters three locations at Strong Memorial Hospital will now carry Donna Marie’s Gluten Free Bakery goods.

Amazon Deal for GF Goods – Amazon Local Deals is offering a $14 coupon for $7 at the Abundance Cooperative Market until Thursday, 10/4.  Abundance Co-Op carries many gluten free items.

Rochester Events

Greater Rochester Celiac Disease Support Group Family Picnic – potluck dinner hosted by the RCSG on October 16 from 7-9 pm at St. Anne Church 1600 Mt. Hope Ave.  Contact Caitlin Sexton, to RSVP.

Living Gluten Free with Perinton Wegmans – Perinton Wegmans is hosting a gluten free fun filled event with GF samples, nutritionist on hand, and a raffle for GF goodies, October 27 from 11-3.  More details here.

Wegmans Organic Farm Tour – Take a 2 hour tour of Wegmans organic farm in Canandaigua.  October 2 at 2 pm and October 6 at 9 am.  More details here.

GF in the News

“Food Informants: A Week in the Life of Eric Brenner- Chef of gluten free BOLD Organics” – Huffington Post

“SPINS: Annual Gluten Free Sales Reach $12.4 billion”

“Gluten-Free diet: Should you try it” Toronto Star

“Umami’s Burgers Gluten Free Loco Moco Uses Rice Cakes Instead of Brioche Buns” Huffington Post

“Gluten Freedom: Portland is now a tasty hotbed for gluten free eating”



Gluten Free News: February 2011


I have been slacking off  in reporting what’s new in gluten-free New York City, so I’ve decided to start a new set of posts dedicated to sharing the gluten-free goings on every month.

Restaurants and Shops:

Rev’d Up Pi: a new healthy pizzeria in Manhattan offers gluten-free pies and pasta.

Harney & Sons: the master tea blenders opened up a shop in November in Soho, now serve gluten-free goodies from Tu-lu’s!


Joan’s GF Great Bakes Tasting: February 8 at Whole Foods Union School from 5-7.

Ice Skating Party to Benefit Celiac Disease Center: February 27 at Wollman Rink, $75 includes admission, skate rental and dinner.

Paul Taylor Dance Company Celiac Disease Fundraiser: March 2 at New York City Center, tickets range from $25-300 and includes admission, reception snacks, plus gift bags with goodies.

Valentine’s Day 2011

2011 has been off to a very snowy start in New York City, with ice on the way tonight and tomorrow.  Luckily, V-Day is only two weeks away and there are some great GF dining options and treats that will melt your heart (if not the snow).

Dining: The following restaurants have gluten-free menus and Valentine’s Day specials.

Asia de Cuba – New York
This sexy lounge is perfect for a hot date: $75 four course menu available 2/14,  with special dishes added 2/11-2/13.

Bar Breton
If you’re looking for a more relaxed, cozy atmosphere, this brasserie is your place: four course menu, $79 for 2 people, available 2/14.

Pure Food and Wine
This raw food establishment is perfect for the sophisticated yet hip couple: special prix fixe menu.

Treats: Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without chocolate; here’s a list of gf goodies.

Grocery Store Candy and Brand Name Chocolate
Sweetheart “Conversation Hearts” are gluten-free, thank goodness!  For other candies, Celiac Family put together this comprehensive list.  Do NOT buy Godiva for your GF Valentine- it contains gluten!  Ghirardelli is mostly safe.  Make a trek to Whole Foods to find more upscale chocolates, including Azure Truffles, which are all gluten free and kosher.  As for boutique chocolate shops in NYC, ask ahead!

Personalized M&Ms
I heard a proposal story where the ring was buried in bowl of green M&M’s, her favorite color; personalized M&Ms are thoughtful and delicious.

My Dad’s Cookies
My Dad’s Cookies is offering a valentine’s themed variety pack, available at Mozzarelli’s Pizzeria.  Their regular cookies are available online.

Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery
While they don’t mention specific themed treats on the website, Tu-lu’s frequently updates their facebook page with daily treats.  Otherwise, try their red velvet cupcake for a classic, or their new pistachio for a twist.